The Handbook of Parenting brings together in a single volume much of the theoretical and empirical knowledge and aspects of professional activity within the broadly defined field of parenting. Contributions are presented from an internationally renowned group of scholars known for their work in a range of disciplines, including child and family psychology, education and family studies, providing an accessible map of the major debates in theory, research and practice in this important and exciting field. The material is presented comprehensively. It encompasses essential policy and professional issues in all the main areas of current concern from parenting in culturally divergent settings, to parenting children with special needs in areas of physical, mental, social and educational functioning, to looking at ways in which the wider community and technological advances may be able to provide parenting support. Published in a single-volume format, this handbook will prove an invaluable and essential resource. Academics, researchers, practitioners and advanced students in a host of disciplines will gain from its breadth, wealth of information and enormous insight into the principal issues related to parenting theory and practice in the 21st century. The distinctive contribution of this handbook is to present a vast body of research and other information in a manner that is usable by practitioners in a wide range of child and parental support activities.
Chapter 18: Parenting Children with Mental Health Problems
Parenting Children with Mental Health Problems
The parenting of children who are experiencing problems in development is a major challenge. In this chapter we focus on the specific difficulties of parenting children with emotional and behavioral disturbance. They are children who, for instance, suffer from unusual levels of anxiety when approaching new situations. They may frequently worry, be afraid of sleeping alone, or in more extreme cases, avoid challenging situations such as school. The anxiety they experience makes it difficult for them to cope with everyday tasks. Other children may feel unhappy and tearful much of the time, such that it is not easy for them to function in their everyday lives.
How can parents help children who are struggling with ...